Our Sustainability Management System
SGS’s sustainability management system builds the foundation for the Group’s responsible operations on both the global and local level.
The SGS Sustainability Management System provides a mechanism through which we can monitor the delivery of the SGS Sustainability Strategy and our progress against our Sustainability Ambitions 2020 across the SGS Group. It also allows us to set and analyze Sustainability Key Performance Indicators which act as our set of controls, providing us with the insight we need to ensure we stay on track in terms of initiatives, activities and results.
The Four Pillars of the Sustainability Management System
Our Sustainability Strategy is built around four pillars – Professional Excellence, People, Environment and Community – each supported by Group-wide policies, global programs and local initiatives. As such, these four pillars are central to our Sustainability Management System.
Function of the Sustainability Management System
Our sustainability management system is the framework with which we:
- Identify our material and our sustainability aspects
- Define our policy commitments
- Set targets
- Conduct audits
- Implement programs
- Measure our progress
- Analyze and improve our performance
- Engage with stakeholders through transparent reporting and dialogue
We align our management system to ISO 26000 and the GRI Standards. We also use the AA 1000 Principles as well as specific frameworks, such as the ISO 14064 International Standard for emissions inventories and verification and the London Benchmarking Group (LBG) guidance for community investment, to monitor our data and report on material issues.